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How to Use the Garmin Lifetime Updater

Download and Install Free Product-Lifetime Garmin Map Updates

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Garmin GPS Lifetime Map Updater

The Garmin Lifetime Updater eases download and installation of annual map updates to Garmin GPS devices that include free product-lifetime maps.

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Over the past two years, there has been a strong trend among GPS makers to offer free product-lifetime map updates for their devices. This is a terrific feature for consumers, saving $60 to $90 per year in map update costs, and is a result of the increasingly competitive GPS and navigation market. For example, 13 Garmin car GPS models, ranging in price from $179 to $399, offer free product-lifetime map updates. In order to find these models, simply click on the "lifetime map updates" box on this page. Garmin has just taken another step toward easing map updates (thanks for the heads-up, GPSreview.net) with free new Garmin Lifetime Updater software. This software, available for Mac or PC, downloads Garmin map updates to your computer automatically, and alerts you on your desktop when new maps are ready to install. You may even control download speed and download schedules. See also my how-to piece on updating Garmin maps.

Garmin Lifetime Updater Software: Windows System Requirements
Windows XP SP3 or newer, Microsoft .NET 4 Client Profile (included)
1024x768 display, USB port and 1 GB RAM
High speed Internet access
USB cable and Garmin GPS device with nüMaps Lifetime™ subscription
May require up to 10 GB free disk space

Mac System Requirements
Intel-based Mac running OS 10.5.8 or higher (Tiger and PowerPC Macs should use the Garmin Map Update application instead)
1024x768 display, USB port and 1 GB RAM
High speed Internet access
USB cable and Garmin GPS device with nüMaps Lifetime™ subscription
May require up to 10 GB free disk space

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